One month, one month has passed… the most mind blowing month of my life. I am forever changed. I am now a mama.
I have only blogged once about my pregnancy, not wanting to turn my Paris blog into a blog about weird food cravings and nausea episodes (not that I really had either of those), nor do I want to transform this into a blog about everything baby (there are plenty of those already out there and they do it quite well). But I do want to share with all of you readers my absolute joy in this incredibly transforming time in my life.
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A new spot popped up in our neighborhood, and we watched and waited anxiously as it was constructed. There was a giant sign saying « Brasserie, coming soon ». I was scared it would be one of those chain brasserie restaurants like Hippopotamus. (I’ll have to tell you about my one and only Hippopotamus experience some day). Thankfully, it turned out to be a chic Parisian restaurant with an amaaaaaazing terrace to boot! The trio that owns ad runs Café Dad is a team of two brothers and a friend of theirs. They are experienced Parisian restaurant owners who have previously owned an establishment over in the center of town (the 6th), Le Nesle. But they scoped out this new spot well before the building was even built! They knew it was going to be an incredible space for a popular Parisian café terrace. And believe me people, this terrace is full on every sunny day (of which we have had a lot so far this Spring). Read more →
I didn’t get to attend Paris fashion week this season (too pregnant!), but I did scour the runway show visuals for you, to pick what I think will be the top items you’ll see on people this Spring and Summer 2015. Here are my top 9… (in no particular order).
- Floral prints are making a big comeback from the 90’s. Hopefully people will wear them a little differently than we did back then!
- Wide obi belts; thank goodness the feminine waistline was not forgotten on the SS15 runway shows.
- Sheers, lace, and lattice cuts will be everywhere, on anything from chic sports wear to pretty cardigans… If it’s see-through, it’s in.
SS15 Fashion Trends
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I splurged on Chéri for his birthday and brought him for brunch at Restaurant NoGlu, one of the first truly gluten free restaurants in Paris. Set in the Passage des Panoramas, this restaurant has a charming industrial chic décor style which fits well withing the frame of the passage, and serves up gluten free food to trendy Parisian hipsters and celiacs alike.
The brunch menu offers a breakfast-brunch option and a more lunchtime meal option. We went for that as we had already had breakfast that morning and were really in the mood for a hot meal. But we were more than delighted to be served toast with jams to start. Now, this bread with which they make the toast could probably use a blog post all on its own. It’s so good. It’s THE BEST GLUTEN FREE BREAD I EVER HAD. Ever. No lie. Chéri and I were really impressed with the light spongy texture and how it wasn’t crumbling and falling apart when trying to spread butter and jam on it, like most gluten free breads that you can get here in the natural foods stores. They served up two kinds, plain, and raisin bread. Sooooo good! Read more →
Spring does always arrive early in Paris, it seems. It disapears for a while in May or June, but usually in March or April in Paris we get a a burst of sun and brightness and all the trees go, « aaaaaaahhh! » and the Parisians flock to the café terraces and Paris’ gardens where cherry blossoms beckon us to take off our scarves and turn our faces to the warm light that bathes the city in a blissful glow. Yeah, the first signs of Spring in Paris make you feel giddy and poetic, and life is full of possibility.
Spring cherry blossoms in Paris
I couldn’t resist a stroll through the Square des Batignolles on one of those precious days… In my 9th month pf pregnancy, waiting for Bébé Chéri to arrive, I was filled with a sense of absolute perfection.
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(This article has been updated since its original publication. See the new details at the bottom of the article!)
I had a regular physical therapy appointment for several weeks at a doctors’ office just at the edge of the city limit in the north of the 17th, and I would make the slow
stroll waddle there to get my prescribed weekly medical (reimbursed) back massage for pain due to pregnancy. (I love France). And I noticed that in this sector of the city’s edge, there are some quite lovely buildings, some artists’ lofts and other such pretty architecture. One building in particular caught my eye. It looks like an Art Nouveau or Art Nouveau inspired building. I looked everywhere on it for a architects name and a date of construction, as there usually are on Parisian buildings, but I couldn’t find any. So if anyone may have an idea…do let me know. But let’s say this is a Art Nouveau Paris construction for the moment…
Art Nouveau Paris or Not Art Nouveau
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There is a small, hidden cobblestone passage way in the 17th, with a charming little bistrot that I went to years ago with people from work at my former occupation. I never kept the card with the name and address and thus could not for the life of me find this charming place back again, when Chéri and I moved into the neighborhood. But one day, as we were strolling in the quarter, we happened upon it, and 7 years after my initial meal there, I finally found back this delightful address.
Passage Geoffroy Didelot 75017 Paris
Le Bistrot du Passage, is tucked away on an almost secret passage in this people’s-class-turning-boho-chic area between the Batignolles and the Plaine Monceau areas. The passage is peppered with artist studios and cute restaurants and still retains an authentic air since it has yet to be over-run with the tourism industries best efforts. I hope it stays that way. Read more →
Article by Charles Gillman
Here I am sitting on my sofa, with the sun beaming through the window and the cat is passed out on the floor. I seriously know how she feels! It’s a few days after Paris fashion week, as well as after having quite a few 3:30AM wake up calls for clients having sun rise photo shoots last week, I was in the mood for a few days of hibernation at home. Last Monday I went to see Melissa at home in her perfectly Parisian apartment for tea, macarons, and baby talk… I’m pretty sure a baby could talk better then me at the moment *slowly gets off the sofa and sways towards the coffee machine…*
Image Source : Augustin Teboul
Where was I, oh yeah, so a little tea and all things twee took my mind off an eventful work schedule. Melissa had an invite for the Augustin Teboul show that was being showcased at one of my favourite hotels in Paris, L’Hôtel Meurice, so I obviously couldn’t say no!
Image Source : Charles Gillman
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Last Summer, Chéri and I had drinks on the terrace of Le Dépanneur, in the trendy area of the 9th just below Pigalle (refered to as SoPi). Across the street on the little tiny plaza on the corner of rue Douai (what Jimmy Buffet refers to as « rue de la guitare ») there was the corner boutique on the ground floor that was completely boarded up. It’s a charming little spot, and I thought, how great it would be if an establishment opened up there and took advantage of the prime real-estate for a great terrace. Well, guess who did just that?!? Le Dépanneur! So they now have both corners on a really great little square. This is going to be the Summer hot spot in a few months!
Image Source : Le Dépanneur Pigalle facebook page
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